COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An online memorial service was held Friday morning for Gannon Stauch, the 11-year-old Colorado Springs boy whose remains were found earlier this year.
The memorial service was hosted by Restoration Church in Fountain. Gannon’s family personally invited a small group of people to attend the service in person. For the public, the service was online-only.
Gannon was reported missing from his home in Colorado Springs in January. His disappearance quickly captured national attention.
For those who knew him, it’s a daily struggle to come to terms with the death of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.
“It’s hard to get out of bed everyday,” said Al Stauch, Gannon’s father.
A final farewell to a little boy who many spent hours searching for and hoping his life wouldn’t end.
“Gannon had a gift for living life at the moment,” said Gannon’s grandmother, Deborah Pierce.
His life honored by his elementary school teacher who says Gannon’s passing left a mark on his fifth grade class.
“He was was one of our top coding kiddos and the reason he wasn’t able to finish the program is because he went above teachers and students,” said Gannon’s teacher Kaitlin Collar.
A young boy with a passion for church and family.
“Gannon was a fun person to be around, always joking funny full of energy and had an amazing smile, always smiling,” said his Sunday School Teacher, Chris Lancaster.
However, Al says his little boy will always be known for being a warrior since birth and for finding a way to bring people together.
“Read the social media responses and observe how unified the country is at the mention of his name,” said Al.
A warrior whose family says is now flying high.
“I wish my little angel was not in heaven,” said Al.